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British holidaymakers to be allowed to travel to ‘75 countries with no quarantine’

Big update for anyone going on holiday…

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Brits will be able to go on holiday to a new list of 75 countries without needing to quarantine when they return to the UK, according to new reports.

The news comes following the government ditching the plans to create ‘air bridges’, which were going to make travelling between two countries which have similarly low levels of coronavirus easier. 

The full list of countries will be published by the government today or tomorrow, and will see the lifting of the Foreign Office’s ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations plus many others. 

The 75 countries listed have been deemed sufficiently low-risk destinations for holidaymakers based on their COVID-19 levels, a declining infection rate and that their data can be trusted. 

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From Monday, travellers to 75 countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the UK. 

Instead, the air bridges will be replaced with a traffic light system which will decide which nations are safe, a move which has been massively welcomed by the travel and aviation industry.

‘Green’ or ‘Amber’ countries will not require 14 days isolation on returning to the UK, but ‘Red’ countries will. 

Many popular holiday destinations will be found on the list, such as Croatia, Turkey, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland, Iceland, Poland, Malta, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia and Germany.

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However, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, has this week she reserved the right to quarantine English visitors. Likewise, Ireland is expected to publish its own ‘Green’ list of countries and has already indicated that Britons could be forced to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Some countries like Australia and New Zealand are expected to retain border controls and impose quarantine until the end of the year.

The USA, Russia and Brazil are among the list of ‘Red’ countries where non-essential travel will continue to be banned. 

Sweden, which tops the tables in the EU for coronavirus cases, is expected to be classed as Red, as with Portugal due to a recent outbreak in and around the capital, Lisbon. 

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Despite this being welcomed by the travel industry, some government officials have claimed creating a specific list of countries exempt from quarantine poses a ‘diplomatic nightmare’ and could open ‘legal challenges’, according to The Telegraph

These officials have proposed a list that expands on the Foreign Office’s travel advice to include high-risk countries where Britons should refrain from travelling to instead. 

Henry Smith, chair of the cross-party Future of Aviation group, said: “This has been done in a very piecemeal way and with a degree of uncertainty. I still think the introduction of quarantine was not the right decision but we are where we are.

“We need to get a set of criteria and subsequent list of countries published. Every day of uncertainty translates into more jobs lost.”

What do you think, are you planning on travelling or waiting a little longer? 

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NHS staff can get a free holiday in the UK as a thank you this summer

This is amazing!

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Supercity aparthotel is offering NHS staff the chance to apply for a free stay at one of their hotels.

The two-night stay is to be enjoyed with family or friends on any date from August until October.

Staycity is found in all of the UK’s best cities, from Manchester to Brighton and London. Each one is equipped with its own private kitchen, living room and the usual bedroom and bathroom.

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Alexis Burton, CEO of Supercity said: “ Thanking the NHS after everything they have done for us was a no-brainer for our business.

“Our UK health carers have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic, so when the time comes for them to take a well-deserved mini-break, we want to be there to help ensure that they feel safe in doing so.”

The free two-night stay is available to the first 120 NHS workers to apply. After that NHS workers will receive 50% off their stay. 

To apply email sleep@supercityuk.com with your preferred location and dates. 

Find out more about the 50% off offer here. Don’t forget your full NHS identification! 

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Travelodge is having a huge sale with family rooms from £8.74pp at loads of seaside destinations

Perfect for a staycation!

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Holiday in the UK’s top seaside spots for as little as £8.74pp in Travelodge’s latest sale. 

The prices of over 250,000 rooms in coastal hotels at the budget hotel chain have been slashed with prices starting at £34.99 a night.

The best news is that includes a family room which sleeps four, meaning it costs just £8.74 per person a night, the Mirror reports. 

36 hotels are included in the sale, including the likes of Blackpool, Brighton, Colwyn Bay, Llanduno and Newquay. It’s worth noting that the deals are subject to availability at each hotel, and the best deals are likely to be snapped up quickly.

The sale is live now on Travelodge’s website and the deals are valid on stays until March 4th next year! 

The chain has implemented a range of measures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic including additional checks on rooms once they have been cleaned, increased cleaning in public areas, hand sanitiser stations, and social distancing measures such as protective reception screens, contactless payments/check-outs and PPE for staff.

Housekeeping team members will no longer be entering customer’s rooms during their stay to further minimise contact too. 

Full list of hotels in the Travelodge sale: 

  • Barrow in Furness
  • Blackpool South Promenade
  • Blackpool South Shore
  • Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth Seafront
  • Brighton
  • Brighton Seafront
  • Caernarfon
  • Christchurch
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Dover
  • Hastings
  • Hayle
  • Helensburgh Seafront
  • Holyhead
  • Llandudno
  • Lytham St Annes
  • Morecombe
  • Newport Isle of Wight
  • Newquay
  • Paignton
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Plymouth
  • Poole
  • Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth Hilsea
  • Ramsgate Seafront
  • Rhyl Seafront
  • Ryde Isle of Wight
  • Scarborough St Nicholas
  • Southend on Sea
  • Southport
  • St Austell
  • Wallasey New Brighton
  • Worthing Seafront

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Jet2 has cancelled flights and holidays to Cyprus

“We have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays”.

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Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holidays to Cyprus until August 17th. 

The country has implemented new coronavirus restrictions, leaving Jet2 with ‘no choice’ but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos. 

The new rules mean Brits have to provide a negative coronavirus PCR test, obtained 72 hours before travel, on arrival to the country. 

Travellers must also complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling which has your test result uploaded within 24 hours of departure.

A Jet2 spokesperson said: “Because of prohibitive entry restrictions into Cyprus, we have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos up to and including 16th August.

“We continue to urge the Cypriot authorities to review the entry criteria in line with other destinations, so that our customers can enjoy their well-deserved holidays.

“Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised for how we have been looking after customers, offering the option to rebook with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note or a full cash refund, and we will be contacting customers to discuss these options.

“For customers who are due to travel to Cyprus from 17th August onwards, we are continuing to liaise with the authorities in Cyprus and we will provide further updates in due course.

“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience.”

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice state that travellors cannot enter Cyprus if they have been in the UK in the last 14 days. 

Jet2 has also suspended flight and holidays to Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia from July 28th up to and including August 16th, following the updated government advice from travelling to and from Mainland Spain. 

The World Health Organisation states that Cyrprus has a total of 1,067 coronavirus cases and a death toll of 19. 

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